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Dec 31, 2012 7:00am PST
talking about the catastrophic consequences of going over the fiscal cliff, you see people now at the white house, on the hill, in both parties talking about it as a slope, not a cliff. that there will be a deal early in the new year if not one by new year's eve. so i think clearly both sides think it is now likely that we'll go over the cliff and that they want to argue it's not so catastrophic. in fact, as you say, especially for a liberal democrats they see some advantages to going over the cliff, blaming republicans and starting with kind of hitting the reset button when it comes to this debate. >> well, you had apparently democrats giving in on the estate tax. yesterday we saw that the republicans withdrew their demands on social security but now you have i mean what is arguably a much more difficult negotiation which is over concessions on the sequester. you know, if this doesn't get done is that what the holdup is going to be? or is it just going to be a whole myriad of things? >> i think it would be a myriad of things but certainly a sequester is a concern for members of both parties. you know, the pro defense hawkish types of both parties who were concerned the sequester could really upend things at the p
Dec 28, 2012 7:00am PST
. >> so raching, finish it off, bring it to today. there's the fiscal cliff. got to be the most recent of the big points in politics for 2012. >> absolutely. that shows just how fleeting a victory is in this town. president obama won a stronger than predicted victory. he basically got every state that was seen as being open up for play, up for grabs. he won them all. he won ohio. he won virginia, he won fa fla. he campaigned largely on this issue of middle-class tax cuts, fairness for the middle class, give the middle class a chance. he saw his win as a validation of the strategy, this philosophy that he ran on, but now we've country to a political reality in washington, total gridlock. the republicans do not agree his victory means the american people endorsed his vision for the wealthy paying more. so far that's not been enough to carry him to the victory. >> when it comes to politics, 2012, a big one for you and me and everyone else. appreciate it, rachel smolkin. >> thank you very much. >>> thomas roberts is up next. good friday. >>> good friday. hi, everybody. the next hour, a las
Dec 27, 2012 7:00am PST
this situation just days before the new years? if so are we going to have another fiscal cliff or a bunch that come to fruition here where we never see really a solution? >> well, it was very clear from the time that the super commit ee set its deadlines and the fact that the bush tax cuts were expiring, all this stuff was coming together. we saw this coming at least a year and a half away. it wasn't entirely clear whether or not they could come to some type of agreement, but it was quite possibly they wouldn't. there ought to be a new rule in congress that, look, you cannot create any more artificial crises if you can't actually resolve them. it's not fair to people to go and, you know, create all this panic if you can't save, you know, the situation. democrats are in a better spot after january 1st. everyone has known that. republicans have predicted, democrats have predicted it, they're going to pass 250, boehner will be reelected speaker, then he has to figure out how to rule the next two years. >>> ryan, joann, thanks for being with us. >>> we'll be right back. new years clutte
Dec 26, 2012 7:00am PST
of falling off the fiscal cliff are fueling this pessimism. 45% think it's unlikely a budget deal will be reached between the president and congress. but nbc news's political director chuck todd says despite that possibility, going for a small, stripped down agreement isn't all good. >> i think politically, the president's making a mistake to go for a small deal. he'll lose leverage as the year goes on. he'll get a big political victory but he should try one more time for the big deal. you had nearly 200 house republicans about to vote to raise taxes on millionaires. >> joining me now, joe sustek and david winston. thank you both for being here today. i'll start with you, congressman. does the president's ability to get what he wants diminish over time? should he go big one more time? >> for the american people. it is not about him and his leverage. i think the president needs to try to reach the big compromise with speaker boehner and the two men came very close. they were a few hundred billion dollars away. we need $3 trillion in debt redust over a decade. we have $1 trillion of caps in discretionary spending of 2011 and we know how we have to do it. two
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